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Agricultural Nanotechnology: Nanotech Inventions in Agricultural Sciences and their Technical Implications

Bill Atkinson (Editor) Knut H. Heller (Editor)

Nanotech is all set to create miracles that will induce not only technical and industrial but major social transformation as well. As the Nanotech Timeline in 'Auxilary Readings' section of this book points out a number of changes Nanotechnology will induce are far from believable. A few of them like molecular food and crops, robotic drug delivery and environmental cleaning, smart dust and smart field farming sound like fairy tales. But many of them are gradually being turned into reality with the convergence of technologies. States around the world are becoming aware and there is a remarkable shift in research fundings. Governments are writing their agenda and policies are being fabricated, but at much slower pace than the actual developments taking place. Absence of regulations might lead a fast growing technology to undesirable direction and this is what worries environmentalists and social scientists today. Agriculture, in terms of improving the production or genetic modification of crops for sustainability against diseases is going to be benefited a lot but measures have to be taken soon, to stop the potential of a new technology going in notorious hands. Universities in India are also slowly recognizing the revolution in the offing and have started including Nanotechnology in their curriculum. The book 'Agricultural nanotechnology' introduces the basics and gradually progresses to talk about the technical advancements being done in the field of Agricultural Sciences, Fisheries and Animal breeding. The text will be useful for the students and will make them aware of facts of a second green revolution, which is here, round the corner.

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About the authors

Bill Atkinson

Bill Atkinson is from the field Nanogenetic Engineering, and has written 11 research papers on topics ranging from “Molecular Food manufacturing” to “Implications of Next green revolution”. As the dean of research in Agriculture and Life sciences in Virginia, USA , he is directing twin Projects Bioengineered foods and Nano drug delivery Systems in Rice Crops.

Knut H. Heller

Knut H. Heller is head of a US funded project on Nanotechnology for agriculture and Livestock Management and known for his impartial views on advancing technologies. He believes in the wise use of available technologies, and advocates the enhancement of traditional knowledge through new inventions. Living in Chicago, he is frequently called for guest lectures around the world.

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Bibliographic information

Title Agricultural Nanotechnology: Nanotech Inventions in Agricultural Sciences and their Technical Implications
Format Hardcover
Date published: 24.01.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178884607
length lii+260p., 23cm.